A miscellany

​A mixed bag this time. With James here I’ve had the pleasure of taking him on rides new to him, but familiar to me. Just a shortish ride like this morning’s, to col de Pennes via Jansac and Aucelon, remind me what extraordinary scenery I enjoy around here. And then a walk from col de … More A miscellany

More Exeter Wheelers

Fellow Wheeler James arrived yesterday afternoon, after a marathon solo drive from Exeter. Most people (me included) would probably collapse in a heap after such an effort, but James likes riding bikes up hills, so he headed straight for Col de Rousset, whilst I created a rather good tartiflette for James and four dinner guests. … More More Exeter Wheelers

After the storm…

Well, yesterday’s storm certainly put paid to any ideas of a late afternoon ride – the rain came down in sheets, with proper Alpine thunder and lightning, and it only stopped as light fell. It even prevented my garden-reclamation scything. The weather is no respecter of cyclists’ plans, as the riders in the Tour de … More After the storm…

Storm dodging

I suppose it’s predictable that I’ll talk about the weather, as one of the reasons I’ve ended up here is the climate: I like sun and warmth. But it’s been an odd year: February allowed me to cycle 400 miles during my week here, Easter had me lighting the fire, and June guests were not … More Storm dodging